Thursday, January 31, 2013
White Stag Block, Event Room
Herman D'Hooge's talk, Smart and Connected: The Next Big Idea in Cities will provide a sampling of existing and future design innovations enabled by the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the urban environment and how these innovations contribute to improving livability, economic prosperity, health of its citizens and visitors, and environmental sustainability.
ICTs are permeating our personal and social lives, our built environment, our transportation systems, and our electricity and water grids at a rapid rate. These systems generate data in real-time that, through combination and analysis, provide new insights into the inner workings of a city. This information allows for better and smarter decisions which, in turn, enable us to do more with fewer resources and engage and empower citizens in new ways. D'Hooge will show how city systems inter-operate as a single integrated “system of systems” and why it is important that we consider the city as the unit of study. The talk also addresses some of the common arguments made against making cities smart.
In April 2012, the City of Portland, Oregon published The Portland Plan: Prosperous, Educated, Healthy, Equitable. The Plan lays out a 25 year strategy for the city of Portland. D'Hooge's lecture will illustrate how Smart City design innovations can meaningfully contribute to achieving some of the long-term guiding policies described in The Portland Plan.
Herman D’Hooge is Senior Principal Engineer and Innovation Strategist at Intel who is on a teaching sabbatical with the UO in Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts. During his 31 year career at Intel, he has been involved in numerous computer hardware & software technology research and development projects. Over the past decade, his interests have shifted from technology development to human-centered methods to product definition involving ethnographic methods and industrial & interaction design, and ultimately to identify opportunities where information technology can be used to address real-world social and environmental challenges. D'Hooge holds MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Although he never studied at UO (or in the US for that matter), he has been a devoted member and committee chair of the AAA Board of Visitors for the past 6 years, was an early advisor in the birth of the UO Product Design program, and is a frequent student mentor. Today he considers UO AAA as his adopted alma mater.